Updated November1st

Hints for November

Garden Hints for November
With November starting we draw near the end of the gardening year. We can start looking at catalogues for next year’s vegetables etc.
Leeks and some of the cabbage family will still near harvesting but most of the crops are finished. It is worth keeping old foliage and such clear around the plants so as to not make homes for slugs and snails. Some folks will spread compost or manure on the ground to allow the worms to draw it down, others will dig it in, we all have our own ideas about what is best. I have never and will not claim to know what is best but you do what suits you and your ground.
Dahlias will have been frosted by now, if the weather is normal, so if I just say what we used to do as things change . My wife and I used to grow about 200-300 dahlia plants so we could sell the blooms and for many years I would lift some of each variety, remove any loose soil ,cutting the tops to about 6 inches ad then store them in a frost free place which is not too warm. In the spring I would remove the then dry soil , divide the tubers and replant, Many will wash all the soil off , store in peat etc. but I never worried too much about this. My sweet peas will now be singled out into root tubes to wait being planted next spring. Daffodils and narcissi will be coming on and will need keeping clear of weeds etc. they are perfectly hardy so do not need any protection. They flower from February till May so please do not worry about early ones showing.
Apart from removing any large collections of leaves I think lawns are best kept off at this time of year.

These onion sets were planted on Feb.14th ,the soil was treated with garlic powder against onon white rot when the crop was lifted. The photo was taken on April 2nd , when I plant sets I always just bury them having cut all the old foliage off to stop the birds pullig the stes up. As far as I can see all the sets are growig well.May 23rd last photos added
The last photos added May 23rd still growing well. Top photo taken July 24th  onions lifted to dry.

May 10 th Sweetpeas now tied .
March 23rd Planted sweet peas most are in root trainers but a few are in ordunary pots.

Daohne Mezereum raised from seed.

Sweet pea plants ready to plant but have to wait for a decent bit of weather to be forecast. The break is natural as I grow them outside all the winter to make sure they are  hardy.

Container grown plants

As most of you will know I lost my garden when we had to move from the tied house with our employer dieing and me coming to the age  of 80. Since then we have grow most things in containers apart from things I grow on my allottment. These picture are just to show some of the  container plants.

Sweet peas

Thse are my first bunch picked 25th May which is right as I usually pick chelsea week.
I went to my allotment this morning to check after hard frost. pleased to see sweet peas still looking good. They were sown on 8th October last year.

Potatoes ready for planting after at least ten weeks chitting, I will plant them on the flat so that I have plenty of soil for earthing up  and the potatoes grow through the centre of the ridge rater than come out of the side.

2018 Sweetpeas

I sowed my sweetpeas on October 8th as I have done for many years, I have good germination 48 seedlings out of 50 seeds. I think there might be one or two to come up yet. They are looking rather drawn as with no garden or greenhouse I am very limited as to where to put them. I must single them out within a few days.
I have just singled the sweet peas into root trainers, there are 51 from 50 purchased seeds. They always allow one or two extras.

The second picture taken on Jan. 6th show sweet peas breaking with out being stopped , they are been outside ever since they were put into root trainers

My latest picture taken on March 28th shows plants now, planted hoping weather stays good.
waiting to be planted once the ground is suitable.

more onion news

More pictures to show the progress pf my onion sets. Top two taken 14th April

Onion sets just starting to  show, I plant well down in the soil so that no trouble with birds, having got rid of white rot I get a good crop.

Onion 2016


I am putting these pictures onto my website to show the effect of using garlic powder for white rot. When I first took over this plot I suffered a complete loss of my onion crop due to white rot, I have treated this area with garlic powder and this year they really do look good. I just need some sun to help ripen them up.

Sweet peas

It has been a bad year for me with sweet peas, I decided to try saving my own seed last year and this has been very reasonable but when I planted the plants back in March ,  the very next day we had storm Katie. This almost blew them out of the ground but enough survived to amke  best part of a row. As they came into flower I had bud drop plus a spell in hospital, this meant I had to let the plants go for about a week meaning bent stems. However when show day came I managed one vase of ten, these were good enough to bet  best in show so I still hold the cup which I forst won 42 years ago. I have not had it every year but will keep trying.

Some of my seedling daffodils

These are 3 of my seedlings that I have registered and named over the years. I have had prizes at London shows with them including "Best" in section with Ann's Blush. We also have Molly Ann named after our grand daugther
Top bloom Ann's White , bottom left Ann's Cream.and bottom right Ann.s Blush

Broad Beans 2016

Thess last two photos were taken on May 8th, the row is not complete as I lost a few in the bad storm but should get a good crop before the blackfly start
In past years I have sown my Aquadulce broad beans direct in the round in Oct/Nov but this year as the ground was very wet and in the past I have lost some to the mice etc. I have tried starting them in a tray. I have no greenhouse now so they have been in a cold frame. They are now ready for planting out and look quite good.

broad beans 2014/15

Broad Beans now in flower , they came through the winter very well.
Some of my Aqaudulce broadbeans , I sow in late October as they are a good hardy variety to stand the winter.  Sometimes they get damaged with servere frost but even then they will break at soil level.

Had some sucess at our show  Saturday April 11th. Many varieties were not out but using those that were I won 4 trophies along with 10 first prizes. I am very pleased as they are all grown on my allottment now having lost our agrden when we moved from the tied house. The pink trumpet is called Pink Silk.

Daphne in bloom , grown from seed

Daphne in bloom , grown from  seed

Top picture shows ready to plant early March

Now ready to plant early March

There seems to be a lot of chat about if we should chit seed potatoes ready to plant or not. I always say there are  many different ways of doing things in gardening, but just looking at the alterantives. If you do not  chit you have to  leave the poatoes in the bag which will give you  long weak shoots whereas the shoots are much better if laid  out, so I chit as in the photos.  I bought these just before  Christmas and they will not be planted for some long time yet. The larger ones will be cut when I plant them.